I'm the author of Much to Your Chagrin: A Memoir of Embarrassment, a memoir of a year that I spent collecting embarrassing stories, and discovered, much to my chagrin, that my own life had become the biggest embarrassing story. Recently, I published Battle Dress: What I Wore to Confront My Past, a longform essay about how I came to reckon with decades-old sexual violence.
I write other things, too.
On rare occasions, I tell stories. This clip is from 2011, when I put my name in the hat at the Moth and didn't get called. I was so relieved, until, at the last moment, their tenth storyteller bailed and they called my name. It's a story about the very first time I ever read in public.
Reading of The Rings, 2009.
Book trailer for Much to Your Chagrin, 2009. Directed, shot, and edited by Alicia Peyrano.